Reggae Believe It or Not

Nyahbingi (sometimes spelt ‘Nyabhingi’ or ‘Nyabinghi’) music in its purest form is the music played at Rastafarian meetings or ‘grounations’, and is based around a style of relentless drumming and chanting. Sometimes a guitar or horns are used (ska musicians such as Johnnie ‘Dizzy’ Moor and Don Drummond developed their approaches at such gatherings), but not amplification at all is employed.

The drumming, which usually involves three head drums of different sizes (the bass, the fund and the repeater), exercised an influence on early recorded Jamaican music.

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